11 Tips on How to Get Your Kids into Sport

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Does your child struggle to get into sport? Here are some top tips on how to get your children motivated.

1. Playing sports can build confidence so long as your child plays something they genuinely enjoy. Highly competitive sporting activity is not always the best option as children can get demoralized; start with what they have a natural affinity for.

2. Taking part in team sports is a good way for children to develop social and communication skills.  Sometimes it’s nicer to simply  get a group of enthusiastic friends together who want to share the same sport and start a regular rounders meet up in the park.

3. Try not to push your child towards a sport they have no affinity for as it will be harder for them to be motivated.


4. Encouraging your child to have an active sporting life makes it more likely that they will continue to play sports their whole life with all the benefits that brings such as increased strength, healthy bones, flexibility and co-ordination.

5. Take some time to view different sporting activities and see which one your child is interested in. Perhaps they want to watch the Sunday kick-around in the park, or observe  a rock climbing wall. Perhaps they’re interested in the gymnastics on the TV or are drawn to the running track. Watch a few different activities with your child before committing to anything.

6. If you play a sport yourself, invite your kids to come along and watch. There’s nothing like leading by example!

7. Remember that kid’s sport doesn’t just mean football. Cycling, skateboarding, swimming, yoga, tennis, martial arts and capoeira are all fun alternatives that keep your kids fit!


8. Most fitness centres and sports clubs will let your child do a free session and try things out before you commit to a whole term of activities.

9. Older children might enjoy joining you for a fun run or walk in aid of a favourite charity. Doing a training program together is motivating and having a shared goal encourages bonding.

10. Gently running around the park with you is another way to get your kids into sport, especially if you let them wear the pedometer or fitness app!

11. Check out your local tennis and swimming club for group sessions -they are much more affordable than individual tuition.

Do your kids play a sport? Which one?


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3 Responses to 11 Tips on How to Get Your Kids into Sport

  1. Emma Scarrott says:

    Elliott is nearly 6 and he loves sport… at 5 months we started swimming at waterbabies and at 3 years he joined our local swim school at the hamble sports college… we are lucky to have such a great facility in our village…he also does other activities there including gymnastics which he started when he was 4 years old and football training which he joined at 3 …more recently my husband has started taking him to play golf! Children love being active there are so many opportunities to try different sports.

  2. Emma Scarrott says:

    Ive told you about my son Elliott already…now for my daughter Lucy…she is 2 years old and we are doing waterbabies like i did with Elliott when he was little, she loves it. I also take her to ballet which she loves doing. When we go to watch Elliott doing his gymnastics class lucy is desperate to go in and join him, she swings from the bars in the viewing area trying to copy …. when we get home i have both of them doing gambols round my front room! And the same applies to football, but thankfully they do that in the garden!…

  3. KidStart says:

    Thanks for your comments Emma Scarrott


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